Concealer is the one makeup item that many of us probably couldn’t live without. It would definitely be my personal number one beauty thing I’d take to a desert island. The best multi-purpose options can fix a multitude of sins; from dark under eye circles and hyperpigmentation to thread veins and spots. Even if you don’t have time to apply a full face of makeup, dabbing on a little concealer here and there where you need it most will instantly lift your features and make you look fresher and younger.

When it comes to flawless coverage, it’s best to choose a dense, creamy formulation that’s rich in pigment. Even if they seem a bit heavy, a little of these go a very long way and you can control the amount that you use. For camouflaging purposes, I tend to stay away from the options that come in pen form (i.e YSL Touche Éclat) as these are basically highlighters- fantastic for brightening your face but won’t do anything to help cover flaws.

Opt for a colour that’s one shade lighter than your natural skin tone and use a very fine brush (a clean lip brush will do) to apply the cream directly on to a blemish or around the nose to conceal redness and to lighten the corners of the mouth. To brighten the under eye area, apply your concealer with a flat brush in a downward pointing triangle shape. This will illuminate the eyes and help to avoid the reverse panda look.

I prefer to apply concealer after foundation and then finish by setting everything with a translucent powder. These four are some of the best I’ve found, and are excellent at covering literally any flaw.

Kevyn Aucoin The Sensual Skin Enhancer Makeup Concealer

Kevyn Aucoin The Sensual Skin Enhancer Makeup

This cream isn’t strictly a concealer; it actually works brilliantly as a super-full coverage foundation too. While the pot may look very small, the tiniest dot applied with your ring finger will be enough to spread over the entire under eye area. The formulation is very long lasting and will not budge, even in humid weather.

Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay in Place Flawless Wear Concealer

Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Flawless Wear Concealer

If you’re a fan of the foundation from this range, then you’ll love this concealer. It’s creamy but transfer-resistant which is always a plus if you tend to touch your face a little more than you should. The finish is luminous and satiny rather than dry and matte but it stays in place without creasing. Unlike many brands, this one comes in colours that suit a wider range of skin tones.

Dior Diorskin Star Concealer

Dior Diorskin Star Concealer

This is a fantastic option for neutralising dark circles as it has a rich peach undertone. It unifies the skin but illuminates in a way that seemingly lifts the eye area. The texture is silky and cooling.

Cle de Peau Beaute Concealer

Clé de Peau Beauté Concealer

Thanks to their heavier formulations, sticks naturally tend to give better coverage, but this one is exceptional and it’s long been a favourite with pro makeup artists. It blends beautifully to conceal all kinds of imperfections and dries down to a powder finish for maximum wear and minimum shine.

Which are your favourite products for covering flaws?

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